Gift Motupa Lives Up To His Name
Mamelodi Sundowns striker Gift Motupa is on a charity mission to donate school shoes for schools in Mogodumo circuit in Limpopo through his foundation, the Gift Motupa Foundation. Lethabo Kganyago reports.
He started at his former school Thogoa Secondary school in Ga- Chuene Thogoaneng on Friday. Last year he did the same at his former Primary school and also donated food parcels in his community when Covid-19 broke out. Motupa says giving back makes him happy and emotional as there is a need to help school learners in rural communities.
“It is a very good feeling because it reminded me of when I was still studying here. I was emotional in fact because it is from home and they say charity begins at home. The bigger plan is to cover all the schools in Limpopo if possible but we are not putting ourselves under pressure, the little that we can give every time we have we will make sure that we give. We have seen that there is a need because we come from poor families, poor backgrounds so we need to try and help as much as we can to uplift others,” said Motupa.
Speaking on the past season where he won his first league title Motupa says it was a long season for him that was interrupted by injuries. Motupa admits he was not used to the hectic schedule at Sundowns and he’s happy to have adjusted well. The former Baroka FC and Orlando Pirates man says he was frustrated being on the sidelines and knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get into the starting 11.
“It was frustrating but the good part about it is that I found the support from the team, the coaches and players and the medical team. It was kind of easier that belief that I would come back and I came back strong. It was very tough but you know when you work hard everything is possible. So what I said to myself, I said I can see that we have a good team with quality players then I told myself I need to work hard so that when I get the opportunity I use it,” added the 26 year old.
Motupa also says it’s a great feeling and an honour to have won the league title adding that it’s a bit disappointing to have finished the campaign with just one trophy.
“It’s a very great feeling, it’s an honour because that medal every player in the country or in the PSL want to have that medal. So it’s a great feeling and I’m looking forward to more in the future. We are a little bit disappointed but we had a great season even though we wanted to win each and every cup, we didn’t have a bad season we had a great season it’s just unfortunate in football some days things don’t go your way you just have to accept and move on, but we are happy as a team,” continued Motupa.
Motupa also says he is not done playing for the senior national team saying he believes he still has a lot to offer to Bafana Bafana however he is patient for his chance to come again while busy working on himself.